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18th Street Arts Center COVID-19 Response

Due to a spike in coronavirus cases in many California counties, including LA, Governor Gavin Newsom has ordered all museums and galleries (along with other indoor venues) to close.

Protecting our staff, artists, and visitors are of utmost importance, and we will reopen fully once it is safe to do so. Please note that our current exhibitions are open by appointment only, and our events are online for the moment.

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In the meantime, we have brand-new exhibitions pages for our current shows so you can explore the them online, and we have lots of fantastic new content every week on our 18@Home and Arts Learning Lab @ Home channels.

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Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2018-2019, 18th Street Arts Center is one of the top 20 artist residency programs in the US, and the largest in Southern California. Conceived as a radical think tank in the shape of an artist community, 18th Street supports artists from around the globe to imagine, research, and develop significant, meaningful new artworks and share them with the public to foster radical imagination, empathy, and positive social change.

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Lionel Popkin, Six Positions on Uncertainty, 2020. Video still. Courtesy of the artist.


July 27, 2020 - June 30, 2021

In our darkest hours, it is natural and human to seek connection with others, to face the darkness together so that we can imagine a brighter path forward. In our current pandemic-time of crisis and isolation, this instinct can feel…

Patty Chang, Milk Debt, 2020, video still. TRT: 60 min. Courtesy of the artist.

Patty Chang | Milk Debt

October 19, 2020 - January 22, 2021

18th Street Arts Center is pleased to present a new solo exhibition of work by LA-based artist Patty Chang in the 18th Street Olympic Campus Main Gallery. With a new 5-channel film featuring 9 performers and lists of fears submitted…

Siru Wen, Anchor, 2020. Chromogenic print. 32 x 32 inches. Photo by the artist. Courtesy of the artist.

Building Networks of Empathy

October 26, 2020 - December 15, 2020

The exhibition Building Networks of Empathy is the second of a two-part show that asks us to consider the ways in which art empowers not only the artist, but its viewers to transform their most difficult experiences into enlightened outcomes.…

Beatriz Cortez, Roots 1, 2020. Steel, 28 x 32 x 24. Photo by Ruben Díaz.

Beatriz Cortez & Kang Seung Lee | Becoming Atmosphere

October 26, 2020 - February 5, 2021

Visit our 360 tour of the exhibition, created by Dollhouse. Please sign up to make an appointment to visit the exhibition here. The air we breathe in, or inspire, has not only a mixture of gases but also the spirit…

Nung-Hsin Hu. There is no longer such a place as home, 2020. 16mm film loop, 16mm analog projector. 1:30 minutes. Courtesy of the artist.

Nung-Hsin Hu | Incurable Nostalgia

November 18, 2020 - January 22, 2021

Incurable Nostalgia is a multimedia project, including a 16mm film loop installation, videos, drawings, and sculpture which the artist will produce during her 3-month long residency at the 18th Street Art Center. This project is a reflection of the artist's…

Nung-Hsin Hu. Incurable Nostalgia, 2020. Two channels video (HD). 2:00 minutes. Courtesy of the artist.

“Incurable Nostalgia” Dinner Party Conversation | Nung-Hsin Hu

December 3, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Join us for an Incurable Nostalgia Dinner Conversation between Nung-Hsin Hu, Hitomi Iwasaki (Director of Exhibitions and Programs at the Queens Museum), Jessica Kairé (Artist and Co-founder of NuMu), and Frida Cano (Assistant Curator / Artist Residency Coordinator at 18th…

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